LEICESTER, Mass. – Junior defender Francesca Mastria (Higganum, Conn.) scored five goals with one assist to lead the visiting University of Saint Joseph to a 16-6 win over host Becker College in women's lacrosse action Monday evening at Alumni Field. The Blue Jays of Saint Joseph even their record at 2-2 while the Hawks of Becker drop to 1-5.
Saint Joseph junior attacker Erika Leitao (Southington, Conn.) contributed two goals with a match-high four assists. Freshman attacker Eliza Doane (Suffield, Conn.) added three goals and an assist.
Becker junior attacker Ashley Mossey (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) scored four of Becker's six goals, all unassisted.
Saint Joseph took control of the game early with five players each scoring a goal in the game's first eleven minutes, taking a 5-0 lead. Leitao, Mastria, Doane and sophomore attackers Dayna Gambino (Newington, Conn.) and Rachel Foster (Newington, Conn.) all finished strong at the net, seeming to score at will. After a timeout from Becker Head Coach Samly Phonesavanh, the Hawks appeared to right the ship when sophomore attacker Mindy Moreau (Canterbury, Conn.) scored to get Becker on the board with 18:38 remaining. But Gambino quickly got that goal back two minutes later, followed by Mastria at 12:04, putting the Blue Jays up 7-1. Mossey scored at 9:51, but at 9:07 Doane responded with her second goal of the game. With the first half winding down, Foster scored her second goal of the game at 3:51, while Mastria had her third at 1:59 and her fourth with exactly a minute left. With 37.3 remaining, Doane ran down the field untouched for her third strike of the evening, putting Saint Joseph up 12-2 going into halftime.
Early in the second half, Foster scored her third goal, as the Blue Jays went up 13-2. Facing a massive deficit, Becker started to rally when junior attacker Samantha-Jo Dilkes (Little Falls, N.J.) scored at 27:40. Mossey scored her second and third goals of the day in rapid succession, pulling the Hawks to within eight. At 23:39, Mastria scored her fifth goal, ending Becker's run, but Mossey had her fourth goal for the Hawks just over a minute later. After a long scoreless stretch, Leitao scored her second goal of the game with 7:27 remaining in the game. Foster capped it off with her fourth goal at 2:53 left, and 16-6 would be the final.
Saint Joseph sophomore goalie Lindsey Dionne (Portland, Conn.) collected eight stops in the win while Becker freshman goalie Shelby Wicks (Shaftsbury, Vt.) tallied eight saves for the Hawks.
Becker will be back on the field on Saturday when they host the Eagles of Green Mountain College at 3:00 p.m. Saint Joseph will host the Lions of Emerson College in a GNAC conference match on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.